Young Men — Who Not To Impress

It is sometimes suggested that people work very hard (and maybe spend lots of money in the process) trying to impress people that they don’t even like. If you think about it, this is true. In fact, they often work much harder to impress people that they don’t like compared to those that they do like.

Why is this? It starts with the idea of a pecking order. Often the pecking order includes people that you don’t like, so there you are. But how often is pecking order important? Sometimes it is, especially in times past (and perhaps in times future). It might determine if you get food or not, for example. But in the present day, it is perhaps not. Is it important to buy a boat to impress that a-hole neighbor two houses down? If you are buying a boat, make sure it is for you and your buddies.

Lots of wasted effort can go toward impressing people that you don’t like. Make sure it doesn’t happen to you.

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124 comments on “Young Men — Who Not To Impress
  1. Farm Boy says:

    Have you ever been guilty of this? I have.

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  2. professorGBFMtm2021 says:

    I once brought my life-size millenium falcon(Did’nt cost much got it cheap,from some friendly traders outside of pasadina!) to a convention to show it off to all the latter-day star wars SJWS(They said I should sell it for parts&use the money to protect all the uber-rich from climate change!) and for some reason, they thought it was too much to bring to pasadina’s most famous convention,can you beleave that?P.S.So I too have been guilty of trying to impress others!I just saw this up&had to teach others,not to follow my unique way of keeping it relz in pasadina or anywhere else!See how easy I make this look,also?Takeaway?”Just be yourself”,right!?

    [Hide well in the smuggling compartment I might.
    Jump out and scare the SJWs I could]

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  3. SFC Ton says:

    Hush now! The whole ecconmy would collapse if assholes stop buying shit on credit to impress other assholes buying shit they can’t really afford

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  4. Are we talking about competing with people or trying to impress people? Related, but they’re not the same thing.

    As an introvert and semi-pro misanthrope the thing I try to impress on people is the idea that they should probably leave me alone.

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  5. Damn, GBFM, did you have your own flatbed to haul that around?

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  6. professorGBFMtm2021 says:

    Some desert traders just fired it up,&I just naturaly knew how to pilot it somehow,like a mary sue!P.S.I’ll put up the jokers daughter karen or duela or harley,I can’t remember her name,only her weird make-up&hair-style(I’ll put up the comment tomorrow morning on this thread, I guess!)a nurse,who told me ”were destined to be together”&she had had a ”dark vision” of us dancing together & more!

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  7. Farm Boy says:

    The idea is not to spend time, effort and money for something that isn’t really doing you any good

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  8. Red Pill Apostle says:

    If you think about trying to impress people, it is really a way of projecting an image, which we all do. The problem is losing focus on what image you are trying to project, why you are trying to project the image and to whom you are projecting. We are raising our kids to respect and value our family name and to know they represent me when they are out in public. Behaviors that do not uphold the family’s reputation are corrected. My goal in the end is that by the time they are grown they will be well adjusted, self disciplined men that value their heritage and love Jesus. Impressing someone may be a by product of working towards what is a good goal, but it is not necessary.

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  9. Gunner Q says:

    “I once brought my life-size millenium falcon…”

    Whoa… this was YOU?!


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  10. RichardP says:

    The idea is not to spend time, effort and money for something that isn’t really doing you any good

    Daughter graduated last spring with an MS in Speech and Language Pathology. She is in the middle of her Intern / Fellowship year, after which she will be able to get her state license.

    Had a little six-year-old boy today. He has problems enunciating with clarity, so she has been working with him on that. They’ve progressed to helping him carry that more clear enunciation over into his reading. So, starting today, they will be reading for a few weeks.

    Daughter picked a story from Vooks (video books; pretty good) for him to read. It is a story about a family of bears who left home on a semi-sunny day to go for a walk in the woods in their underwear. After some time, and while deep into the woods, a storm whips up and it starts to rain hard. There is great mayhem described in the narrative, as the bears clumsily try to beat a retreat to home – sopping wet, and in their underwear.

    Wow – what a mess that is said daughter to the 6-year-old.

    Yeah! said the 6-year-old. You’d think they would have checked their weather app before they left home.

    He was serious. At 6 years old.

    How does a young boy learn to read the sky and the breeze and develop the ability to navigate the natural world using his five senses when he is raised with apps that do all these things for him?

    I’m afraid that there is going to be a verbal disconnect going forward when the older folks try to teach the younger folks FB’s quote above. The kids’ definition of “doing them good” is not going to be the same as the older folks’ definition. And their response is more likely going to be why should I do that when I have all of these tools to do it for me.

    When push comes to shove, someone who knows how to read the sky and the land is going to have the upper hand when dealing with the folks who only know how to check their apps. It would be nice to warn the kids about that, but they have no reason to listen – as they have no clue about the value of being able to read the land and the sky with only your fives senses.

    I’m thinking about the ablity to thrive long-term after volvanos like the one in the Caribbean going on now, or and EMP that causes significant damage to the power grid, or some other long-term natural disaster.

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  11. RichardP says:

    “push comes to shove”

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  12. Cill says:

    [Hide well in the smuggling compartment I might.
    Jump out and scare the SJWs I could]

    What might the smuggling compartment be?
    Uninformed I am.

    [Watch to the end you should.
    Informed you will be]

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  13. Cill says:

    “Impressing someone”.

    Are the impressionable worth impressing?


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  14. Cill says:

    Down the hatch brothers

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  15. Cheque d'Out says:

    [Wearing a mask she is not]

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  16. Cheque d'Out says:


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  17. Cheque d'Out says:

    Just one more mass grave before we reach Communist Nirvana, Comrades!

    If only they’d told Joe that communism never works…

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  18. Cheque d'Out says:

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  19. Cheque d'Out says:

    Keep trying appeasement though. This time it will work, Comrades.

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  20. Liz says:

    Yesterday out of desperation I reserved a rental car so I could drive to Orlando to take a flight out…since I can’t leave a car at the rental place I called up a neighbor to drive me there. She sounded ill and told me she had just tested positive for the covid. So I spent yesterday frantically trying to find rapid covid test places and cancelled the rental car. On the bright side, the test was negative (thank God) so wish me luck today. I was told uber doesn’t service in this area when I tried to get one so I reserved a cab for this morning. Never tried to take a cab from a residential neighborhood before.

    [Hopefully turn out like this it will not]

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  21. Farm Boy says:

    Liz just sent this selfie

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  22. Saw something about rental car prices going through the roof recently. Apparently a bunch of the companies sold off a lot of their fleets at the start of the hoax?

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    WASHINGTON — Federal health agencies on Tuesday called for an immediate pause in use of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose coronavirus vaccine after six recipients in the United States developed a rare disorder involving blood clots within about two weeks of vaccination.

    Never is enough.

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  24. Headhunter – I think it is the whole auto industry. New inventory is low which has put pressure on the supply side of used vehicles. A local Dodge/Jeep dealership owner told my neighbor he thinks the new vehicle supply will have been replenished by the fall, so wait until then to buy.


  25. Liz says:

    KH, I was trying to rent a car two days ago when I was at and it cost over 200 dollars for an economy car for one day. The next day it was around 50. Think it varies…the companies price gouge with holidays, weather and so forth. I’m convinced there’s some bot in the system built in to sense desperation because the same thing has happened to Mike (when I tried to find him a rental quickly). Think Uber and Lyft have hurt the rental car industry a bit also.

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  26. It’s bots all the way down. (TM KYHH)

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  27. Farm Boy says:

    Bernankified ads

    Google ran a program, Project Bernanke, that allegedly gave its ad purchasing system an edge over rivals. The internet giant used data from publishers’ ad servers to steer advertisers toward the price they’d have to pay for ad placements, but didn’t tell this to the publishers selling those ads. This amounted to insider trading

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  28. Farm Boy says:

    Medical journal forces out editor who questioned ‘structural racism.’ Professors rejoice.

    A leading medical journal terminated an editor who questioned the existence of structural racism.


  29. Farm Boy says:

    This was my point in a previous column when I wrote: “Another New York Times article (about anti-Asian-American violence), under the headline ‘A Tense Lunar New Year for the Bay Area After Attacks on Asian-Americans,’ opens with this: ‘The videos are graphic and shocking. In January, a local television station showed footage of a young man sprinting toward, then violently shoving to the ground, a man identified as Vicha Ratanapakdee, 84, who had been out for a morning walk in the Anza Vista neighborhood of San Francisco. He later died.’ The Times piece never reveals the name or race of the perpetrator: Antoine Watson, a 19-year-old black man.”

    Why? Because the Times wanted its readers to believe that Ratanapakdee, the elderly Asian American, was murdered by a white.

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  30. Farm Boy says:

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has proposed a novel plan for promoting equality in our nation’s highways system, which literally has racism built into its DNA. His new plan promises to even things out for people of color by giving each race their own lane.

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  31. Red Pill Apostle says:

    The concept of the emotionally charged term price gouging makes me chuckle. There are only supply and demand curves and pricing is the language that communicates where on the curve a given market is. Higher than expected pricing is a signal that more supply is needed and those high prices are the incentive to let producers know to move their product to that area/market. There is no better means of allocating scarce resources than a freely priced system of goods and services. Perfect, no because it’s a system run by people. Anything better/fairer/more efficient in the history of mankind? Hell no.

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  32. Red Pill Apostle says:

    Follow up thought exercise on price the emotional aspect of price gouging. If you can demand a higher salary than is normal for your field work, are you price gouging your employer?

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  33. By what reason are you able to demand a higher salary than normal? Your work is of much higher quality? You are much faster and responsive to client needs? You are willing to take on jobs or work places others won’t?

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  34. RichardP says:

    Thanks to whoever changed the word to “shove” in my previous post.

    @RPA: From the Internet – Price gouging refers to sellers trying to take unfair advantage of consumers during an emergency or disaster by greatly increasing prices for essential consumer goods and services.

    The reasoning and emotion behind this is equivalent to the reasoning and emotion behind kicking someone while they are down. Not a good look for those doing the kicking.

    A large part of governments’ responsibility is “keeping the peace” (and not all do this well, I know). In an emergency or natural disaster, allowing an at-the-time scarce resource (gas; water; food) to go only to the top tier of society who can pay the greatly-inflated price for it results in a large segment of society having to go without – which increases the possibility of that local society getting destabilized and possibly rioting.

    The laws of supply and demand, and other economic reasoning, have never been demonstrated to be the best go-to behavior during times of emergency or disaster – things which must be in place in order for the term “price-gouging” to be properly used.

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  35. Farm Boy says:












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    Take, for example, the case of Alexey Navalny, the CIA-sponsored critic of Putin who is now in jail. He claims poor treatment at the hands of the government, but he is able to speak to the media about it. In contrast, there are an unknown number of people in jail right now over the January protests. One was beaten by guards to the point where he lost sight in one eye.

    Unlike with Alexey Navalny, The New York Times and The Washington Post are not demanding Ronald Sandlin be set free. The great and the good are not calling him a political prisoner, despite the fact he is literally in jail for politics. The folks who tell us “democracy dies in darkness” are happy that Ronald Sandlin now lives in darkness at the hands of the state. The political prisoners being held by the Biden regime envy Alexey Navalny.

    It is not just at the extreme where the moral relationship has reversed. Russian citizens can walk up to the Kremlin and take pictures of it and themselves in front of it without fear of being shot by the army. Americans, on the other hand, will be sent to prison for daring such a radical act. People protest in Moscow all the time. As long as they are peaceful, they are left alone. Protest is banned in Washington now.

    It is in the area of speech where we see the near total collapse of moral authority regarding political freedom. A generation ago, there were few topics that were banned from the public square. Despite the Cold War, communists could openly declare themselves in favor of communism. Even Nazis could get a hearing. The ACLU defended their right to march through Jewish neighborhoods.

    A generation ago, Jared Taylor could be invited onto a television show and get a reasonably fair hearing. Sam Francis spoke at American Renaissance and his speech was carried by C-SPAN. Peter Brimelow was a regular on TV chat shows, debating immigration. Today, Taylor and Brimelow are un-persons. Not only are they banned from the public square, no one is allowed to mention them in the media.

    It is not just people getting proscribed. Whole topics are anathematized. Tucker Carlson brought up the fact that the ruling regime is outspoken in its desire to replace white people with nonwhites from abroad. The media is now demanding he be fired. Here are CNN, The New York Times, and The Washington Post endorsing the call for him to be fired. Soviet media were never so blatant in their opposition to free speech and open debate.

    The point is not to extol the virtues of neo-tsarism, but to point out just how much things have changed in the West. What we see happening in America is happening all over the formerly free world. Britain is now a floating penal colony, with lockdowns, prohibitions on speech, and internal passports. Thirsty Brits will soon have to get permission from the state in order to have a pint with their mates down at the pub.

    More at the link.

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  37. Red Pill Apostle says:

    Headhunter, an employee with a unique set of skills and abilities is there same as goods scarcity. It’s short supply so a higher price is demanded. Over time this creates entry into the marketplace,ie people getting the same skills. When that happens the price comes down.

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  38. Red Pill Apostle says:

    Richard, during a natural disaster higher prices due to scarcity tell suppliers where goods are most needed and provide the incentive to get them there as quickly as possible to take advantage of the higher profit margins. Government price controls can retard the recovery effort by disincentivizing risk taking ie less profit and more risk to the supplier.

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  39. For GBFM (mostly)


    F Springsteen
    F Madonna
    F Bono

    Bring back snakeskin skirts!

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  40. Sum Ting Wong
    55 minutes ago
    My mother said to me many decades ago “You can put 10 men in a small apartment, and they’ll find a way. Put 2 women in a mansion, and they’ll kill each other.”

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  41. RichardP says:

    Britain is now a floating penal colony, with lockdowns, prohibitions on speech, and internal passports.

    And Britain (and other countries) have been floating penal colonies for some time – with requirements that one drive on the specified side of the road; that one can go this fast on said road, but not faster; that one must stop at the intersection when facing a red light; that one not appear in public in the middle of the city with no clothes on; that one start formal education by a certain age; that one not spit on the sidewalks; that one wear a hair net if working with food offered for sale to the public; that one be licensed in order to perform certain functions for the public (doctors; lawyers, SLPs, etc.), and a host of other such oppressions.

    Oppression all over the place. And what sheeple, to have put up with this for decades. (For Ame: that was sarcasm I think.)

    I am both amused and irritated by the lack of perspective shown by folks who protest the government imposing behavioral requirements in one instance and completely ignoring the behavorial requirements imposed by government in other instances that have been there for so long that we take them for granted and don’t even think about them.

    Given that we have chosen to live together, how then shall we live?

    “Everyone doing what they damn well please” is not a workable answer in the long run. Some common standards that all must match is required as a basis for a civilized society. Quibble over what those standards are, who gets to set them, and who gets to enforce them. But to insist that there should be no standards at all, because folks can get along just fine without them, is foolishness.

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  42. RichardP says:

    @RPA: Government price controls can retard the recovery effort by disincentivizing risk taking ie less profit and more risk to the supplier.

    We were not discussing price controls – an economic term that has a definition different from the definition of price gouging. (But you know this, right.)

    It is useful to pay attention to the distinction in definitions when discussing things.

    Price gouging comes into existence only during an emergency. By definition, if we are in the recovery phase after an emergency, we are no longer in the emergency. So, the term “price gouging” would not apply, except perhaps weakly, if pockets of lack of essential goods still exist.

    Once outside of the immediate period of emergency, I agree with your point about price controls.


    The definition of price gouging I gave above is from the state of California’ government: Price gouging refers to sellers trying to take unfair advantage of consumers during an emergency or disaster by greatly increasing prices for essential consumer goods and services. Note that this limits the discussion to economic activity in a temporary time of emergency. Price controls concern economic activity over a longer, normal period of time. Two very different situations.

    California law makes it illegal to raise prices by more than 10% on essential consumer goods and services during an emergency or disaster. Note that this has nothing to do with the normal allocation of resources that you referred to in your comment about price controls. It has everything to do with making certain that everybody during the emergency has access to at least some of the essential consumer goods and services, and not just the very wealthy – who can afford prices that are jacked sky high.

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  43. Ame says:

    LOL, Richard! Thank you for marking that 😊

    I must confess that I didn’t catch your sarcasm, again – goofy me!

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  44. SFC Ton says:

    How does a young boy learn to read the sky and the breeze and develop the ability to navigate the natural world using his five senses when he is raised with apps that do all these things for him?

    Fathers and grandfathers should be putting serious thought into that problem

    Not from a rooms day perceptive but a man has to be good at the man vs nature battle to be complete, healthy etc etc

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  45. professorGBFMtm2021 says:

    For hunter(Mostly)This is a old-fashioned GBFM storm!

    I remember that music video,but in ’11 on COOLTV(Not MTV in ’04)
    This debbie followed the onecocrulebetabutthex?
    Good for her!
    1985 was mine&gojiras(’84 in the east with him!) year as we at diffirent times fought the super-x with the military not accomplishing much,but getting us very calm&not angry at all as is usual with us!
    Can you beleave that?
    P.S.I’am not a comedian,I’m a song&dance man!
    ExtraP.S.I did’nt know my first version of jokers daughter went up the other day,I just saw it before I took a nap,dreaming of debbie shaking it(Lolz!) on the whitesnake car in ’87,not in’85,silly rabbits of bowling for soup,kids these days in’ I right!?
    My fave bruce springsteen song?Pink cadillac,of course for all the debbies&bettes&natalies out there!
    See me shining through as usual?Also unless I lose ”my smile” like HBK you know I might not be 100%serious,right?
    H&HP.S.Every time johnson&johnson gets in trouble,then there J&J!
    Is this comment too technical&eccentric?

    [Smart like this man was you are]

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  46. Farm Boy says:

    Democrat Female Governor of New Mexico Pays Out More Than $60,000 to Former Aide Who Accused Her of Violently Grabbing His Genitals

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  47. Farm Boy says:

    Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib, a member of the so called ‘squad’ of extreme leftist representatives, tweeted Monday that there should be “no more policing” as riots erupted in Minnesota following the shooting of Daunte Wright by cops.


  48. horsemanbombadil says:

    I am worried. Putin is sabre rattling on the Ukraine border, Xi says to back off from Taiwan.

    It reminds me of two bar guys sizing up the bouncer just after shift change.

    Trump went to North Korea.


    P.s. The Ayattola kept the hostages for hundred of days under Carter, the day Reagan took office he released them.

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  49. horsemanbombadil says:

    The left were able to turn inwards, focusing on internal, domestic first world problems because Trump kept the outside world in check, at bay.

    Now they have to deal with the world. The real world. All of the world.

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  50. Farm Boy says:

    Sports journalist Jason Whitlock has been locked out of his Twitter account for daring to criticise the Marxist founder of Black Lives Matter who recently spent millions on FOUR new homes.

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  51. Farm Boy says:

    Brooklyn Center, MN Mayor: “I don’t believe that officers need to necessarily have weapons every time they’re making a traffic stop.”

    — Breaking911 (@Breaking911) April 13, 2021

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  52. Farm Boy says:

    BREAKING: Part 1 – @CNN Director ADMITS Network Engaged in ‘Propaganda’ to Remove Trump from Presidency … ‘Our Focus Was to Get Trump Out of Office’ … ‘I Came to CNN Because I Wanted to Be a Part of That

    — James O’Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) April 13, 2021

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  53. Farm Boy says:

    A video shows police in the UK smashing down a man’s door and arresting him for violating COVID quarantine rules.

    The shocking clip shows a woman, presumed to be the man’s wife or girlfriend, recording the front door to the property as glass flies into the house while officers break in.


  54. Farm Boy says:

    US Congressperson


  55. SFC Ton says:

    By what reason are you able to demand a higher salary than normal?

    Becuase I’m sexy

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  56. SFC Ton says:

    As an employer…. employees aren’t really worth a raise on their own. Even the good ones are replaceable. A lesson I taught some engineers

    Reality is you get the raise because hiring a replacement can be like Russian roulette and a 3% pay raise to keep you around is way less bullshit. Way less

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  57. SFC Ton says:

    .s. The Ayattola kept the hostages for hundred of days under Carter, the day Reagan took office he released them.

    Politcally staged

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  58. horsemanbombadil says:

    Largest incursion in Taiwan’s airspace

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  59. horsemanbombadil says:

    And U.S. destroyers approach Odessa

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  60. Farm Boy says:

    “I was not as shocked by what he said as the fact that he said it,” Dr. Gupta said. “There’s reason to suspect that this is the origin of the virus. It’s a big virology lab right in Wuhan that happened to be studying bat coronaviruses. Just from an Occam’s razor standpoint, finding the simplest explanation, it would make sense.”

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  61. Farm Boy says:

    Insurrection? Biden Calls for “Peaceful Protests” and Looting and Riots Ensue

    The last time a president did that, they called it an “insurrection” and discussed the possibility of prosecuting him.

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  62. Farm Boy says:

    “If the agenda, say, is to like get, like Matt Gaetz right now—he’s like this Republican. He’s a problem for the Democratic Party because he’s so conservative and he can cause a lot of hiccups in the passing of laws and whatnot,” Chester says in the undercover video. “So, it would be great for the Democratic Party to get him out. So we’re [CNN] going to keep running those stories to keep hurting him. and make it so that it can’t be buried, and like just settled outside of court and just like, you know, if we keep pushing that, it’s helping us [CNN].”

    “That’s propaganda because it’s helping us in some way,” Chester added.

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  63. Farm Boy says:

    “When GW Bush won a disputed election in 2001, the media, led by the NYT and WaPost, immediately dispatched hoards of journalists to count every vote. I always assumed that they were looking to discredit the Bush election. Has anything like that happened after the 2020 election? I must have missed it. The fact that the media has turned a blind eye to what could be a huge story tells me all I need to know. And what did polling of Democrats look like in 2001? Most of the Democrats I know are still convinced that GW Bush stole that election.”

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  64. This is an interesting post:

    Then there is woke “science,” most visible these days in the arenas of response to the Covid-19 virus and of climate change. Here the principles are a little different. In woke “science” there is no falsifiable hypothesis. In place of that, we have the official orthodox consensus view. The official orthodox consensus view has been arrived at by all the smartest people, because it just seems like it must be right. The official orthodox consensus view must not be contradicted, particularly by the little people like you. Based on the official orthodox consensus view, those in power can take away all your freedom (Covid) and/or transform the entire economy (climate). After all, it’s the “science.”

    But what if evidence seems to contradict the official orthodox consensus view? I’m sorry, but as I said the official orthodox consensus view must not be contradicted. Today’s news brings a couple of extreme examples of that, one on the virus front, and the other relating to climate. Both of these are from Europe, so you may not have seen them.

    But Germany, like the blue U.S. states, operates by the alternative principles of woke “science.” After all, data or no data, all the smartest people know that lockdowns must work. No Tricks Zone reports today on a news conference that took place on Friday (April 9) in Germany. An independent journalist named Boris Reitschuster got a chance to pose a question to Oliver Ewald, a spokesman for the German Ministry of Health. Here is the question (translation from NTZ):

    Herr Ewald, [a journalist] at the WZ wrote in a report that the German government has no proof of the effectiveness of lockdowns. So my question is: what scientific studies do you have?Thank you.”

    And here is the initial response, plus some further back and forth:

    Ewald: Herr Reitschuster, you know that as a fundamental rule, we do not assess comments from journalists, and so here I will stick to that.”

    Reitschuster: There’s a misunderstanding, Herr Ewald, I only brought up a quote and then followed it up with a stand-alone question, and this question has nothing to do with the quote. I’ll gladly repeat the question once again; what scientific study…”

    Ewald: When you read one sentence from this comment here and request an assessment without, so to speak, providing further context or basis, I can’t say anything on that.”

    Reitschuster: Completely without the sentence, for the third time, what scientific study does the German government have? Thank you.”

    Ewald: I’ve said what I have to say say on that!”

    NTZ comments: “We all know there is no study that supports lockdowns, and so spokesman Ewald is clearly trapped.” However, you should expect the lockdown to continue in Germany.

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  65. Liz says:

    Price gouging comes into existence only during an emergency.

    A monopoly could not price gouge unless there was an emergency?
    This is why I don’t rely on the California government to define words.
    I agree one would most likely see price gouging during an emergency.
    Price gouging is Price gouging occurs when a seller increases the prices of goods, services or commodities to a level much higher than is considered reasonable or fair.

    When there are storms all over Florida, flights are canceled and the rental cars start charging quintuple the normals I’d say that’s gouging.
    I don’t think there should be an act of congress or law against this I just think it’s a crappy business model. Because in a situation like that it would be cheaper to spend the night in a hotel…or even two nights (when I was in the actual airport the cheapest rate I could I could find was 350 for one day…that’s almost ten times the usual rate. When I got home I saw prices “as low as” 200 for the evening which is still most than quadruple the regular rate).
    Also there’s uber.

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  66. Liz says:

    I’d have paid up to 150 I think. I was pretty desperate.
    Pricing the cars into the stratosphere lost my business.
    It’s not like the is a veblen good, the folks stuck in this mess are families and working slobs mostly.

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  67. A monopoly could not price gouge unless there was an emergency?

    Had a freak late season snowstorm a couple years back when both boys were still little enough to want to play out in it all day. Only place that had a sled for sale was the local hardware store. $125. Yeah, fuck you, pal. Now I drive an extra mile or so in the opposite direction when I need something from the hardware store.

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  68. Red Pill Apostle says:

    Monopolies can only exist if they serve their customers adequately, which is not to mean the customer is happy, just that it’s an adequate alternative with acceptable pricing. Anything outside of these parameters causes entry into the space. The caveat to this is government protection of special industries. Government protection causes a higher barrier to entry and can extend defacto monopolies

    In Liz’s experience with flights out of Florida, her post a few up the line states the probably cause of the higher prices coming from an adjustment on the demand side of the curve. When there are storms, flights are cancelled. All of sudden more people are demanding alternative arrangements in the area of the airport. It’s actually quite predictable that hotel rooms and rental cars in the area become scarce, which drives up the price until the market gets back to it’s non-cancelled flights equilibrium for the area.

    The benefit of the higher pricing is that it helps allocate the available resources to more people, ie it prevents hoarding. Spiking prices show that a good/service is in greater need. if pricing stays flat there is no incentive to conserve in the face of the higher need and hoarding is what we do as humans. In Liz’s instance, if pricing on rental cars had remained the same even with higher demand, there’s a really good chance that there would not have been one available at all, because there’s little incentive to conserve. The higher pricing also provides the incentive to take on the cost of moving goods to the area where the need is highest, which is what the higher pricing tells us.

    All of this points to price gouging being the price point where people think it’s unfair. In reality, it’s just a number on the supply/demand where one side or the other has changed from it’s typical equilibrium.


  69. Cheque d'Out says:

    Related topic; How not to impress

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  70. Well, I thought that was an impressive display.

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  71. DO YOU HAFF YOUR PAPERS? Hawaii to roll out ‘vaccine passport’ program by summer. “The vaccine passport program is seen by tourism officials as a way to speed up the state’s recovery, Forbes notes.”

    I’m guessing it will have the opposite effect.


    Of course airlines going full retard won’t help either.

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  72. WE SHOULD BE. THE EFFECTS ARE ALL AROUND US. Over 50% Of Liberal, White Women Under 30 Have A Mental Health Issue. Are We Worried Yet?

    Leaving 50% UNDIAGNOSED and UNTREATED!!! I am most def worried.

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  73. View from Cill’s kitchen window?

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  74. Liz says:

    In Liz’s instance, if pricing on rental cars had remained the same even with higher demand, there’s a really good chance that there would not have been one available at all, because there’s little incentive to conserve.

    That is true. Fortunately there are a range of other choices than just prices remaining the same and prices set into the stratosphere to where no one can afford to get a rental car (except I guess the folks who live on that easy credit the government has been encouraging to shovel into the money printing machine, hey when you’re already in debt what’s another 350 dollars a day? ).

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  75. Gunner Q says:

    “Hawaii to roll out ‘vaccine passport’ program by summer. “The vaccine passport program is seen by tourism officials as a way to speed up the state’s recovery, Forbes notes.”

    “I’m guessing it will have the opposite effect.”

    That’s why the native Hawaiians are doing it. They resent the presence of mainlanders but can’t secede because they’d lose free money then China would show up. Imposing quarantine and paperwork barriers to entry is as good as it gets for their isolationism.

    For some people, COVID is a very useful lie.

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  76. Farm Boy says:

    The Australian military has been reminded by MPs that its core mission is the “application of lethal violence” in response to concerns about it being too “woke” following a performance during which scantily clad dancers twerked on a Navy ship.


  77. Farm Boy says:

    A man who was radicalized by inaccurate media propaganda concerning a supposed wave of hate crimes targeting Asians blamed on white supremacy tried to take revenge by sexually assaulting a woman at gunpoint because he presumed she was white.


  78. Farm Boy says:

    Let them eat cake

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  79. Farm Boy says:

    The ship remains in the canal. Egyptian authorities seized it until the owners agree to pay $1 billion in compensation.

    Liked by 1 person

  80. Farm Boy says:

    Democrats: ‘Voting Needs To Be So Easy That Even The Most Uninformed Idiot Can Do It’

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  81. Farm Boy says:

    Big Corporations Now Deploying Woke Ideology the Way Intelligence Agencies Do: As a Disguise

    By draping itself in the finery of political activism, the corporatist class consolidates political power, corrupts democracy and distracts from its real functions.

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  82. SFC Ton says:

    Monopolies can only exist if they serve their customers adequately

    LOL funniest shit I’ve read all day

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  83. RichardP says:

    @Liz said: This is why I don’t rely on the California government to define words.

    I’m puzzled by that statement.

    Context is everything. California has laws against price gouging. In order to know whether those California laws are applied in a particular instance, one must know how California defines price gouging. If one doesn’t know what that definition is, one cannot know if price gouging is occuring. If one doesn’t know if price gouging is occuring, how can one apply the law to a particular incident?

    That previous paragraph would be true of every state that has laws against price gouging. And one must rely on a given state’s definition in order to apply that law to a particular incident.

    To the extent that definitions vary from state to state, generic conversations such as the one in this thread are irrelevant – because no one knows what the other is talking about. That is why I keep emphasizing the importance of defining terms before one begins a discussion of the term.

    That is also why I emphasize this cliche from time to time: without a group of words with commonly-accepted definitions, communication is impossible. Impossible on the global level, the national level, and the blog level.

    @Liz said: This is why I don’t rely on the California government to define words.

    If you want to have a useful conversation with anyone, you must first make sure you understand their definition of the terms you are using. If you don’t, you won’t know whether your definition is the same as your conversation partner’s. And if your definitions are not the same, and you don’t know it, you will be talking at cross purposes and the conversation will be a waste of time.

    I emphasize this because it is the foundation of many of the problems in communication between men and women. Men and women think differently. A subset of this truth is that their definitions for many terms are not the same. If the man and woman don’t know that each other has different definitions for the terms they are using, there will be no communicating with each other. They will be talking at cross purposes.

    Which is the default position of many (most) relationships between men and women.


  84. Cheque d'Out says:

    Definitely an impression involved here

    Known as a dick-print in the trade, my tasteless friend informs me

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  85. Psaki lies about everything all the time. When she’s not lying she says stuff like, “Why would you expect businesses to raise prices just because we are raising their taxes? Have they said they’re going to do that?”

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  86. Liz says:

    If one doesn’t know what that definition is, one cannot know if price gouging is occuring. If one doesn’t know if price gouging is occuring, how can one apply the law to a particular incident?

    I wasn’t applying California law to my situation. Nor for that matter Florida law.

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  87. Red Pill Apostle says:

    Glad I could humor you Ton. I never said they do service their customers well. The lack of competition makes them lazy. This is why they need government protection in the form of laws and regs that keeps competition away.

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  88. Cheque d'Out says:

    Well, I have to agree with
    “The lack of competition makes them lazy. This is why they need government protection in the form of laws and regs that keeps competition away.”

    While I laughed at the previous comment; “Monopolies can only exist if they serve their customers adequately”

    Maggie Thatcher privatised the shite that was British Rail (the UK wide rail system – tracks and trains). Some decades later people want the rail system re-nationalised claiming (having forgotten how crap BR was) that it’s a natural monopoly. Apparently we need another learning cycle.

    Maggie privatised a bunch of monopolies, most sectors worked much, much better once competition was introduced. Sadly, most now belong to foreigners.

    She privatised British Telecom very successfully. BT was CRAP. No ‘adequately’ involved at all.

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  89. Cheque d'Out says:

    The mystery to me is why the fuck did they deliberately engineer the worst-case covid death stats possible in the first place. The toreez bent over and placed an insert boot here sign on their arse.

    They also allowed the virus variant identified in Kent to be known as the ‘Kent variant’ or ‘British variant’. Kent is where the illegal immigrants land from France. France isn’t capable of mapping the genes of new variants (or Spain/Italy) even if they were stupid enough to want to. So the EU used the ‘British’ variant to fuck the UK again.

    The advisors of BloJo appear to be commie traitors to the UK and BloJo is the fucking sock puppet that they abuse…apparently.

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  90. @CdO

    Thoughts on this?

    [SG – Very happy to review that when not burdened by current alcofrolic excesses. I was just becoming aware of stuff when Maggie got in. I do remember ‘The Winter of Discontent’…a bit. I remember the malaise and the unions that were killing the country (many were later confirmed to be in the pay of the Kremlin)]

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  91. Cheque d'Out says:

    The Mysterons sure do sound like commies.

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  92. Wild turkeys don’t look like Butterball candidates…

    I expect animals that have to find their own to be a lot leaner than feedlot specimens.

    Yesterday morning there was one lone female duck waddling across the front yard when I took Big Girl out for a walk. First time I’ve seen one on the ground ’round here.

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  93. Larry G says:

    “DO YOU HAFF YOUR PAPERS? Hawaii to roll out ‘vaccine passport’ program by summer. “The vaccine passport program is seen by tourism officials as a way to speed up the state’s recovery, Forbes notes.”

    well, scratch our Hawaii vacation then. If I have to prove I took a mystery jab just to eat some pineapple, watch a faux hula dance and pay stratospheric prices for everything, pass

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  94. Cheque d'Out says:

    Don’t forget folks. ‘SIG’ – Spectrum Is Green.

    A guilty childhood tv series. To be fair, I did prefer Thunderbirds. ‘FAB’ – err…’fab’. They admitted that F-A-B was that lame.

    The same people made UFO. The Captain Scarlet equivalent of the Moonbase crew were the Angels. Fighter pilots based on a flying aircraft carrier.

    They remade it…

    Got to say that for 1967, the special effects have survived pretty well. But the remake looks impressive too.

    There’s no replacing Lieutenant Ellis though. A true enthusiast’s hunch-front

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  95. Cheque d'Out says:

    Lieutenant* Ellis of UFO’s Moonbase

    *that’s pronounced ‘leff-tenant’ by civilised folk.

    [Call a WC a “leff” you do?]

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  96. Ame says:

    That will crush Hawaii.

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  97. Ame says:

    Hadn’t thought of that. Guess the natives don’t benefit enough from tourism to want to keep it.

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  98. Sumo says:

    I find it amusing that according to KH’s chart, squirrels have more fat than wild hogs.

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  99. I can’t say I find that theme to be “groovy”. More likes squares-ville, man.

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  100. Shirley she didn’t mean to include the leff-tenant as well…

    [Also apologize to Womans such as Bigguss Dickus he should]

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  101. Larry G says:

    well it is a well known fact that Monty Python was the direct cause of Brexit and Prince Ginger knocking up Sparkles…I would not be surprise if MP has a secondary effect of getting Skippy and his Ho elected on this side

    [Fwee Woger also he should]

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  102. Farm Boy says:

    Tuesday night protestors forced their way through locked doors at @ColumbusPolice Headquarters.
    One protestor assaulted an officer, striking him with a club.
    Hunter Mattin is charged with Aggravated Burglary. Police are reviewing video to identify additional suspects.

    — Columbus Department of Public Safety (@ColumbusSafety) April 14, 2021

    [Peaceful protestors they were]

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  103. Farm Boy says:

    Most Still Say Biden “Won” By Cheating; Most Prefer Vote Integrity Over Ease of Voting

    The public doesn’t buy the Democrat Media Complex’s narrative (and the Establishment GOP/Conservative, Inc.’s narrative) about a fraud-free election

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  104. SFC Ton says:

    That chart is full of shit.

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  105. professorGBFMtm2021 says:

    100%serious time!
    Hear about bernie madoff is dead at 82?Who was most of his ”victims”?As ton says members of a certain ”tribe”!
    They like most uber-rich,have never used their brains let alone had a real job like I myself did at age 10,while guys like rush hudson limbaugh lived off his fathers money,which was realy his father’s money wush limbaugh sr.!The self-made man rush limbaugh would have been nothing without his well-connected missouri prosecutor,judge&state repersenitive grandfather!


  106. Cheque d'Out says:

    “[Fwee Woger also he should]”

    Is that Woger the the wobber? Isn’t he a wascal and a wapscallion?

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  107. Gunner Q says:

    “Guess the natives don’t benefit enough from tourism to want to keep it.”

    I spent time working there. The islander mentality is real. Even before WuFlu, there was a significant faction that believed Hawaii would be better off without mainlanders even if economic collapse resulted. One island, Niihau, is even explicitly culturally isolated. The children there learn Hawaiian as their first language, so I was told; no English until they’re older.

    Knowing what I now do about identity politics, I must admit they had a point. Ensuring that the land, people and culture remain distinctly yours is worth some sacrifice.

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  108. I’m totally fine with Hawaii for Hawaiians, but like you said, the Chinese, not so much methinks.

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  109. Larry G says:

    here now, KHH…are you Chinkphobic?


  110. Cill says:

    Maggie Thatcher privatised the shite that was British Rail (the UK wide rail system – tracks and trains). Some decades later people want the rail system re-nationalised claiming (having forgotten how crap BR was) that it’s a natural monopoly. Apparently we need another learning cycle.

    “the shite that was British Rail” describes NZR also. The earlier settlers worked hard to install rail. Govt monopoly quickly turned the quality of rail transport to shite. The railway hotels were Fawlty Towers with Basil as a union boss and the staff as proletariat drones. As funny as a fart in a cow paddock.

    The industrial trouble-makers, the union bosses and agitators, were Brit immigrants post WW2. They tried their level damndest to bring their class tradition to NZ but the locals were not having it. That, not the British heritage, not hatred of England, not hostily towards British, was the reason “Poms” were so unpopular in NZ at that time.

    When casting these dispersions suspersions upon Poms, I do not claim moral superiority. I admit that we have heaps of home-grown feminazis and anti-Western control freaks Down Under.

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  111. Liz says:

    Getting back to price gouging (yes, that, just for a moment…sorry).

    I look for a rental car at the airport and the cheapest available is 350.
    I bum a ride from a friend and look for a rental car at mom’s house about 45 minutes away, and the price is now 200 for the economy car rental, two hours later.
    Did the price really drop or did my trip make the difference?
    Because the rental cars were all at the same location.
    My neighbor comes over to see the pup, talks about kenneling and suddenly we’re both getting ads for dog kennel training within hours without any searches.
    I do not think it is unreasonable to believe the rental car companies price their cars according to variables they are able to capture from the potential customer. Variables that indicate exactly how much they are likely to need a car immediately.
    Why wouldn’t they? The only thing stopping them is inability and I’m pretty sure they have that ability now.

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  112. Liz says:

    More response to Richard.
    If there were no price gouging laws at all tomorrow, price gouging would not cease to exist.
    What California leglislation defines is what situation meets the criteria for the law to come into effect. It would be a waste of resources to invoke a law like that every time there is a temporary storm and a few people need commodities, transportation, or whatnot.
    We could discuss what situations those are but I don’t really see the point as it pertains to the situation I am describing.

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  113. RichardP says:

    @Liz – my initial comments were not directed at you and your situation, or your definitions. And I’m pretty sure you know what I’m about to say. We all use words casually, and use the same words legally. When used legally, the legal definition matters. When used casually, the only thing that matters is whether folks know the general sense of the definitions of the words being used. As I said upthread, converstions cannot be relied on without agreement on the general sense of the definitions. And I replied initially to a comment about price gouging. The initial poster responded to my comment using the term “price controls”. Not the same thing

    Re. your rental. Wife and I needed to rent a vehicle in the recent past. I had just read an article about renting online, and so we tested it out. Sure enough, we experienced the things that the article said we would. Which is, we got different price quotes from the same website for the same vehicle, based on whether we accessed it from a desktop computer, a laptop, a tablet, or a phone. And there were price differences if we went back to the same website, looking for the rental price on the same vehicle using the same computer. If you went to the website once on a device, but did not lock in a price, and then come back later on that same device, the software assumes that you want the vehicle, and so increases the price.

    The aritifical intelligence of the software obviously assumes something about your ability and willingness to pay based on the device you use to access their website. And maybe your location, if you have your location software activated on your device.

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  114. RichardP says:

    Re. my comments about location. It may be that the artificial intelligence in the rental software assumes you are more desparate for a car (and will therefore pay more) if you are searcing from an airport versus when you are searching while some distance away from the airport and in a residential neighborhood.

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  115. Ame says:

    Good grief, Richard, so how does one get the best price for a rental car?


  116. RichardP says:

    @Ame – I have no insight into that. I imagine that the goal should be getting something you can live with – satisficing – rather than trying to get the absolute best. There is always going to be a better deal out there somewhere. But the cost of finding that deal is a realistic factor to consider. That cost might be more than any savings you find.

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